Scion, a New Zealand-based research organization, has signed a collaboration agreement with the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) and the University of Montpellier. The agreement aims to enhance research and innovation on biorefineries and biomaterials to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand, supporting the country’s transition away from fossil fuels.
The partnership agreement will enhance Scion and INRAE’s collaborative research efforts and open possibilities for extending research into biobased goods that utilize waste-free, renewable biological resources. The endeavor is part of a more extensive research program on the circular economy, which aims to maximize value creation from waste-free renewable biological resources. New Zealand may join the initiative and access more than €90 billion (about NZ$153 billion) in financing available over seven years thanks to an agreement between Associated International Laboratories and INRAE. As a result, INRAE is anticipated to establish itself as one of Scion’s most important European partners and endeavor to open doors for biorefineries, biomanufacturing, and bioproducts.
Scion’s CEO, Dr. Julian Elder, stated that the deal substantially boosts scientific. Collaboration between France and New Zealand welcomes the two institutions’ tighter interaction. The agreement will enable New Zealand to effectively mitigate and combat climate change while gaining from the transition of businesses worldwide to circular economies.
In the presence of the Minister for Research, Science, and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Ayesha Verrall, the French Ambassador to New Zealand, HE Laurence Beau, the President of INRAE, Philippe Mauguin, and senior executives from Science New Zealand, AgResearch, and Scion, four agreements were signed on March 30 at the French Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand. Especially for post-graduate students, the agreement will promote more joint research projects and improve career development. Furthermore, to accomplish New Zealand’s carbon-zero targets and transition to a circular economy by 2050, Scion is working more closely with INRAE. This deeper collaboration offers both companies the considerable opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge technologies.
The agreements expand on an established tradition of scientific cooperation between France and New Zealand, which has been promoted through the FAST (France Aotearoa Science Technology Innovation) organization. According to French Ambassador HE Laurence Beau, the accords would benefit both nations and make it simpler for academics to develop novel solutions.
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